With her finger on the trigger of what's hot in the city of Abu Dhabi, Noor al Suwaidi, curator at NYUAD talks about her latest venture – Desert Storm. A showcase of new, established and forward-thinking musicians. Offering young talent a platform for their unique sound, Noor has invited independent creatives like Rotana Tarabzouni and brother duo, Sons of Yusuf to the Abu Dhabi arts center in the hope of breaking down stereotypes, bridging cultural divides and social understanding. We caught up with the forward-thinking radical as she amps up the excitement for her hotly anticipated event...
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CURATE DESERT STORM EVENT?
Desert storm was conceived last year and was inspired by both my experience in cultural diplomacy and being inspired by the artists who are performing (Rotana, Sons of Yusuf and Narcy)
WHAT'S YOUR OPINION ON THE GROWING ARTS SCENE IN ABU DHABI?
With the presence of festivals such as Abu Dhabi Festival run by ADMAF and the opening and start of the public programming of warehouse 421 established by Sheikha Salama Foundation, the growing art scene is buzzing. NYUAD Art Center is bringing music and performances from all over the globe! I am so happy to see my schedule fill up with cultural activities which are a great lead up to what the cultural district will bring to the capital!
YOU'VE PICKED SOME REALLY INTERESTING ACTS, WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THESE CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS THAT YOU LIKEDS?
They are driven by passion and have a great positive message to be shared with the world!
WHAT IS THE OVERALL MESSAGE BEHIND THE SHOW?
To promote talent from the Middle East, people who are changing stereotypes, helping others to bridge cultural and social differences and empowering men and women from the region.